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About the Publisher

Richard L. Williams is publisher of Black Business Ink magazine and president of Black Business Media LLC, both based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In addition, Richard is a founding partner of North Carolina-based BBM Marketing+PR.

Each corporate entity plays an integral part in the production of the State of Black North Carolina Conference, which is a bipartisan gathering of leaders that address and seek solutions for inequities that plaque black and brown communities throughout the state of North Carolina. He also founded in 2000 and served as president and chief executive of R.L. Williams Communications Group, before it expanded into BBM Marketing+PR.

Richard has extensive experience as a communications and marketing practitioner. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in North Carolina, New York and Washington, D.C. He temporarily left journalism to work with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, from 1994 to 2000, the year he started his first company.

He launched Black Business Ink magazine in May 2003, and despite a curtailment in magazine advertising nationwide, Black Business Ink has continued to grow in size and scope over the ensuing 16 years. It currently is largest-circulated minority publication in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad region.

Richard remains dedicated in making sure that Black Business Ink, BBM Marketing+PR, and the State of Black North Carolina Conference keep their fingers on the pulse of the African American community. Each corporate entity stands ready to promote black-owned businesses in the region in our publication, to provide comprehensive marketing and public relations consulting to business and/or community organizations, and to speak truth to power at our annual conference.

Richard is a charter member of the Winston-Salem African American Chamber of Commerce; Dollars & Sense magazine named Richard among America’s Best and Brightest Business and Professional Men and Women; he has been an honoree of the Black Achiever in Business and Industry from the Winston Lake Family YMCA; and for years he was listed among Outstanding Young Men of America.

Richard also received awards from the New York Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Newspapers Publishers Association, the latter of which was accompanied by a congratulatory letter from United States President William Jefferson Clinton.

He led recent efforts to establish the Salem Lodge/Robert A. Miller Scholarship Fund for students to attend historically black colleges. The Fund is administered by The Winston-Salem Foundation. He is a former lecturer of Mass Communications at Winston-Salem State University.

Richard is chairman of the Carolina Christian College Board of Directors and a member of the Creative Corridors Coalitions Board of Directors.

He is former chairman of the Winston-Salem Urban League Board of Directors, the Winston-Salem Masonic Order Board of Directors, the AARP African-American Advisory Board, the Carolina Donor Services Minority Outreach Task Force, and the Forsyth Technical Community College Mazie Woodruff Campus Advisory Board.

Richard is a former member of the Bookmarks Board of Directors, Partners for Homeownership Board of Directors, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Winston-Salem State University Small Business & Technology Development Center Board of Advisors. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi National Fraternity, Inc.